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¡Yo Quiero Spaghetti Tacos!

Sep27

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Anyone who has tweenage children is not surprised by the mention of Spaghetti Tacos.  Chances are your own children have asked you to make this culinary delight. I am willing to bet you can recite the episodes of iCarly verbatim with me. I am also willing to bet that you prefer this show over many of the other offerings for this age group on tv.  Or am I the only one when faced with yet another episode of Big Time Rush has the overwhelming desire to big-time-rush over the tv and Hulk-Smash it?

Spaghetti Tacos, something that sounds delicious if you are a tween.  A fusion of the best foods, according to one of my children.

After much begging and pleading I decided to make them for the kids.  They couldn’t believe it when I told them.  “Are you joking?”  “Seriously?  You are going to make spaghetti tacos?” They asked these questions like I had said we won a million dollars and a puppy.  They called and texted their friends.  Spaghetti Tacos!  They had won the kid meal lottery.

So, how did I make them?  It really is as easy as you might think, ranking right after Raman noodles on the scale of difficulty.

You will need:

Taco shells, the stand-up alone kind because they have a wider bottom
Spaghetti, 1 pound box
Ground beef, 1 pound, this meal needed some protein to balance out the carbs
Jar of pasta sauce, there was no way I was going to make sauce from scratch the way I usually do, because children do not have a discerning palate, obviously.  And there was no way I was going to be eating these things.
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
1: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.  Add the jar of sauce and let it simmer.

2: Meanwhile, boil your water in your big ol’ stockpot.  I broke my spaghetti in half before tossing it into the boiling water with the hopes that it would make the later taco assembling and eating less messy.  Italians everywhere want to revoke my Italian license.  But I’m not Italian so it’s okay for me to blaspheme the spaghetti.

3: Cook the spaghetti according the instructions on the box.

4: Once it is done cooking and has been drained, return the spaghetti to the stockpot.

5: Pour the sauce/ground beef mixture into the pot and gently mix.  You don’t want to break the spaghetti.  Oh I kid, go ahead and break it, who is going to notice anyway.  Just stir it all up.

6: Heat the taco shells, also according to the instructions on the package.

7: Now this is the tricky part, spoon the spaghetti into the taco shells.

8: Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

9: Serve.

Stand back in amazement as the children eat it and proclaim it the best thing you have ever made in their entire lives.  Wonder if you should be offended or happy.  Decide on the latter.

“It’s like eating chips and spaghetti at the same time!”

“My two favorite foods mixed together!”

“It’s portable now.  Like spaghetti to go!”

“We can eat with OUR HANDS!”

Shockingly, even the teenagers think it is delicious.  Though it probably shouldn’t be that shocking.  Teenage boys are always so hungry and foraging the refrigerator for food that they have even been seen willingly eating vegetables.

Honestly, the only thing that would have made this meal better in their eyes would be if I could find a way to serve it on a stick.

So, in conclusion, children who shun all sorts of casseroles because DIFFERENT FOODS ARE TOUCHING see nothing wrong about this particular combination.  Now if only Spencer would start cooking some vegetables.

 

About the author

Chris Jordan

http://notesfromthetrenches.com
Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.

Yes, they are all hers.

No she's not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.

Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That's why her youngest is almost 6.

Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

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7 Responses to “¡Yo Quiero Spaghetti Tacos!”

  1. Kathy Sep 27 at 1:44 pm Reply Reply

    You must be the Best. Mom. Ever!! Thankfully my kids haven’t asked for this yet, though we have seen the episode hundreds of times. BTW, that guy from the smoothy shop could put these on sticks – he can put anything on a stick.

  2. Ruby Sep 28 at 6:58 am Reply Reply

    Oh wow, genius! I love that you also took out the whole effort of trying to make them perfectly from scratch. My kiddo is nowhere near wanting something like this, nor do I think she’ll be watching iCarly when she is a tween (about 7-8 years to go, right?), I do think this would be an awesome recipe to get out of a food-refusal rut.

  3. Christie Sep 29 at 10:45 am Reply Reply

    Come on, Spencer – next time try Broccoli tacos! He is supposed to be a creative genius, right? :)

  4. Jamie Oct 06 at 2:10 pm Reply Reply

    We let the kids do this with leftovers not long ago and they loved it. Hubby and I kept our leftovers separate, I just can’t do a spaghetti taco!

  5. Sheila Oct 06 at 4:22 pm Reply Reply

    @Ruby, there is an episode where the smoothie shop guy has to distract Carly for some reason (I forget why) and he gets her to put tacos on a stick. Hers fall apart but he can do it perfectly. (why yes, I do watch iCarly even when the kids aren’t with me.)

  6. Pam Oct 06 at 6:43 pm Reply Reply

    I’ve done this before, pretty much exactly the way you did. It was a huge hit in my house too.

  7. alayna Oct 20 at 11:54 pm Reply Reply

    I might have to make these just to get the reaction.  I’m with you on Big time rush. Gag.  However, we’ve semi-recently discovered Good Luck Charlie and it has been a nice diversion from the icarly’s that we can also recite verbatim. 

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